Teaching With Joy

May 2003


Writing Tips for Teachers - Part 2
by Joy Jones

continued from page 1

     Join a group - Writing is a solo act, but it helps to join with others to share your writing. A writing group offers moral support and editorial feedback on your work. Members share information on opportunities such as where to submit, and where the upcoming contests and conferences are. The peer support - and the peer pressure - also helps motivate you to continue writing.

     How to get published - Getting published requires patience and persistence. Be prepared for the process to move slowly and decide now that you're in it for the long stretch. A good place to start is with Writer's Market, a reference volume that lists American and Canadian book and magazine publishers of every genre. Review it to see what editors would be a match for your manuscript.

     Where to publish - If you have a short and timely article or a human interest feature with a local slant, your hometown newspaper may be a good target. Daily newspapers need a frequent flow of material. Material is also in demand by a lot of websites. You may have to donate pieces at first, then as you build clips, you can submit to paying sites. Increasingly at educational conferences, I've seen workshops specifically geared to educators who want to publish. Many of the national educational organizations who sponsor these events also print books and magazines that encourage submissions by educators.

     Have faith - Sometimes the path to publication can be slow going. I hope you're lucky and land something quickly, but if you're not one of the lucky ones, don't give up heart. It will come. Just keep writing, reading, writing some more and sending out your work.

     I'll be looking for your byline!

     More tips for writers can be found on my website: www.JoyjonesOnline.com.

To Read Writing Tips for Teachers - Part 1 click here.


Joy Jones is a third generation teacher, a playwright and the author of Between Black Women: Listening With the Third Ear, the acclaimed children’s book, Tambourine Moon, and Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers.  You may view her web site at: www.JoyJonesOnline.com.

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